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Being healthy in this crazy, busy, modern world is not easy. The Whole Health Life Podcast is for anyone who wants to take control of their health and find real-world, simple, evidence-based solutions to improve their health from every aspect, adding years to their lives and saving thousands of dollars. Each episode, Shannon Harvey, talks to a world leading scientist about the most important aspects of our health. From dealing with work stress, the food we eat, to improving our relationships at home, or making healthy habits stick, understand how your mind, body, and the world around you influences your health more than you think. Whether you are struggling to get well, or simply want to know what you can do today to stay healthy, this podcast will help you get healthy, find balance, and live better.For host, Shannon Harvey, finding a solution to this problem became personal when she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that had no known cause and no known cure. After being told by her doctor that she could end up in a wheelchair, she realised she had to take action. This inspired a ten-year journey, where she spent more than $30,000 on conventional and alternative treatments, searched through thousands of scientific papers, and traveled the world to interview dozens of pioneering health researchers from leading institutions such as Harvard and Stanford. On her road to getting better she met people with remarkable stories of recovery, discovered the truth amidst conflicting medical advice and sorted the quacks from the experts. She made a successful feature documentary, The Connection, about the link between our mind, body and health. She has also written a book, The Whole Health Life, about her personal journey and the latest science that had the most impact on her life.

Latest Episodes

EP09: Happiness And Its Causes Talk 2016 | The Whole Health Life

In 2007 a 27-year old man known as ‘Mr A’ collapsed on the floor of a hospital emergency department after taking a drug overdose. His blood pressure was crashing, he was hyperventilating and shaking, and nurses sprang into action to insert an intravenous line into his arm to try and flush his system and save his life. The man had been taking part in an antidepressant drug trail, and although he had reported that his mood had improved significantly in the first month, in the second month he had an argument with his ex-girlfriend and became suicidal. He took the remaining 29 pills he had all at once, but immediately regretted his actions and was rushed to the hospital by his neighbour. The case was written up in the medical journal General Hospital Psychiatry because four hours after the man had collapsed, it was revealed that had been in the placebo arm of the clinical trial. He had taken an overdose of sugar pills. When Mr A discovered the news, he was surprised and tearful with r...

25 MIN2017 JUN 2
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EP09: Happiness And Its Causes Talk 2016 | The Whole Health Life

EP08: Fabrizio Benedetti PhD And The Role Of Our Beliefs, Expectations, And The Placebo Effect

As a journalist who investigates the connection between our mind, body and health, I often come across phenomenal stories where healers produce miracle cures and witch doctors put curses on people.Now, if you’re scientifically minded like I am, you might be inclined to dismiss these stories as fantasy, or the result of a person’s gullibility rather than acknowledging them as a genuine healing phenomenon.But before you do, you might like to consider the remarkable research being done around the worldsuggesting that the effects of our expectations and beliefs may account for good-to-excellent health improvement for almost 70 percent of us. In this episode I’m sharing my interview with Fabrizio Benedetti, a leading neurophysiologist from the University of Turin in Italy who spends his working hours trying to determined exactly when, where, and how your beliefs and expectations can induce a physiological response in your body. This is what we call the placebo effect – but, as you’l...

33 MIN2017 MAY 18
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EP08: Fabrizio Benedetti PhD And The Role Of Our Beliefs, Expectations, And The Placebo Effect

EP07: Peter Gollwitzer PhD And Easy Techniques To Make Healthy Changes Last

So, I have a confession to make.Lately, I have not been exercising consistently. And as you know, I’m a health journalist and I extensively research and write about the latest science proving there’s a connection between our mind, body and health, I’ve even written an entire chapter in my book about the importance of sitting less and moving more… so I should know better.I have heaps of good intentions… but I don’t get to it. I know I’m not alone in my battle to follow through on my good intentions. If you’ve read my blog, or my book, or listened to previous episodes of this podcast then you’ll know that while many of us have the best ofintentionsto do healthy things like loose weight, eat better, exercise more, or even do something like stop smoking, unfortunately, depending on the degree of difficulty in what it is we’re trying to achieve, somewherebetween 35 percent and 89percent of us will fail,oftenwithin the first week. On this podcast episode you’ll hear my conversa...

31 MIN2017 MAR 17
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EP07: Peter Gollwitzer PhD And Easy Techniques To Make Healthy Changes Last

EP06 Stuart Biddle PhD and Why We Need To Sit Less and Move More

I record all the audio for The Whole Health Life podcast from a desk that allows me to work standing up as well as sitting down.I do this because when I was writing my book last year, I learned that even doing the recommended amount of exercise each day may not be enough to counter-act the harmful effects of sitting down too much – in fact I spoke with researchers who so worried about the effects of too much sitting, they’re actually calling sitting the new smoking. In this podcast you’ll hear my chat with Stuart Biddle – a Professor at Victoria University’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living. He dedicates his time to understanding the fundamentals of the mind-exercise connection – which means he’s studying everything from why it’s so hard to get motivated to move more, to why it’s so hard to stick to stick to exercising once we’ve started. He’s also recently been turning his mind to the science of sitting too much and he’s full of simple, great ideas that ca...

27 MIN2017 MAR 3
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EP06 Stuart Biddle PhD and Why We Need To Sit Less and Move More

EP05 Andrew Holmes PhD and the Microbiome

If you’re a regular listener to The Whole Health Life you’ll know that I dive with gusto into the scientific evidence showing links between our health and our emotions, stress levels, relationships, beliefs, diet, sleep, exercise and daily habits. But of all the topics in health science that I closely follow, there is one that stands out as having the greatest potential to revolutionise the way we approach wellness and the treatment of chronic disease – the microbiome. It’s thought that up to 100 trillion microbes call your gut home.Disruptions to the balance of your gut “wildlife” are associated with a range of chronic diseases. I also find it enthralling that our gut bacteria have even been shown to influence our behaviour. Recently, I spoke with Associate Professor Andrew Holmesfrom The Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney, a scientist at the forefront of studying the link between our health and our microbes. One of the stand out messages that came from my con...

41 MIN2017 FEB 17
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EP05 Andrew Holmes PhD and the Microbiome

EP04 Till Roenneberg PhD and Sleeping Better

If you’re anything like me, you’re familiar with Monday-itis. A terrible affliction, with symptoms that usually present at the start of the week. You feel tired and flat and you have to drag yourself out of bed.While you might think that this is simply because you don’t want your weekend to be over, my guest on this podcast episode offers an alternative explanation. You might, in fact, be suffering from something called “Social Jetlag” And it has a lot to do with your sleeping behaviour. Till Roenneberg from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich is a leader in the field of chronobiology – the study of our biological rhythms. His research demonstrates that each of us has a different chronotype, or timing of our biological clock. You may be a “lark” who likes to go to bed early and get up early, you may be an “owl” who struggles to get out of bed in the morning, or you may be like the majority of people and perch somewhere in the middle.1 You’ll learn why being forced to o...

37 MIN2016 NOV 30
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EP04 Till Roenneberg PhD and Sleeping Better

EP03 Art Kramer and The Exercise-Brain Connection

I have a little confession to make. Even though I’m a health journalist, and I’ve interviewed countless experts about why exercising is good and important and something we should do every day… I loathe it. Well that is to say, I used to loathe it. What really changed for me was when I started looking at the research showing that not only is exercise good because it can make us stronger, faster, fitter and slimmer; it’s also essential for a healthy mind and brain. I this episode Ispeak with Arthur Kramer, who is formerly the Director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois, and recently moved to Boston, where he’s now Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education and a Professor of Psychology & Engineering at Northeastern University. You’re about learn what Professor Kramer found when he peered into the brain of one of the world’s greatest athletes. You’re also going to learn about how exercise encourages your body ...

26 MIN2016 NOV 15
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EP03 Art Kramer and The Exercise-Brain Connection

EP02 Sarah Pressman PhD and The Power of Positive Emotions

In this podcast episode you’ll learn that new research shows that skin heals faster from a flesh wound if you’re more positive and how smiling, even when you don’t feel happy can reduce your stress. This podcast is all about the new researchproving there’s a connection between your emotions and your health. This idea is probably one you’ve thought about before. There are certainly countless self-help gurus, talk shows and magazine articles that reinforce the idea that how positive you are can influence how healthy you are.But what does the evidencesay about all this? Can positive thinking really affect how well we are? I recently chatted to Sarah Pressman PhD who is a leading researcher at the University of California, Irvine who looks at the connection between our emotions and health. She recently published the results of a fascinating experiment where she gave willing volunteers a minor skin wound and she found that people with higher levels of positivity healed more quickly ...

28 MIN2016 NOV 1
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EP02 Sarah Pressman PhD and The Power of Positive Emotions

EP01 Brian Wansink PhD And How Our World Influences Our Health.

In the very first episode of The Whole Health LifePodcast, we explore how our health issubtly and unknowingly influenced by the world around us.I’ll be talking to Professor Brian Wansink, who’s research has completely changed the way my family and I approach food. Brian Wansinkis a Professor of Marketing and the Director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University. He and his team are dedicated to studying why we eat what we eat and how triggers around us, such as people, packages, dinnerware, product names, labels, lights, smells, and distractions, can unconsciously influence what we put into our mouths. The great thing about the tips and tricks that Professor Wansink shares in our conversation is that they are not only grounded in rigorous research, he’s put them to the test in his own busy life so he knows they work. They’re also simple and inexpensive, and can really make a difference.

39 MIN2016 OCT 26
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EP01 Brian Wansink PhD And How Our World Influences Our Health.
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Latest Episodes

EP09: Happiness And Its Causes Talk 2016 | The Whole Health Life

In 2007 a 27-year old man known as ‘Mr A’ collapsed on the floor of a hospital emergency department after taking a drug overdose. His blood pressure was crashing, he was hyperventilating and shaking, and nurses sprang into action to insert an intravenous line into his arm to try and flush his system and save his life. The man had been taking part in an antidepressant drug trail, and although he had reported that his mood had improved significantly in the first month, in the second month he had an argument with his ex-girlfriend and became suicidal. He took the remaining 29 pills he had all at once, but immediately regretted his actions and was rushed to the hospital by his neighbour. The case was written up in the medical journal General Hospital Psychiatry because four hours after the man had collapsed, it was revealed that had been in the placebo arm of the clinical trial. He had taken an overdose of sugar pills. When Mr A discovered the news, he was surprised and tearful with r...

25 MIN2017 JUN 2
Comments
EP09: Happiness And Its Causes Talk 2016 | The Whole Health Life

EP08: Fabrizio Benedetti PhD And The Role Of Our Beliefs, Expectations, And The Placebo Effect

As a journalist who investigates the connection between our mind, body and health, I often come across phenomenal stories where healers produce miracle cures and witch doctors put curses on people.Now, if you’re scientifically minded like I am, you might be inclined to dismiss these stories as fantasy, or the result of a person’s gullibility rather than acknowledging them as a genuine healing phenomenon.But before you do, you might like to consider the remarkable research being done around the worldsuggesting that the effects of our expectations and beliefs may account for good-to-excellent health improvement for almost 70 percent of us. In this episode I’m sharing my interview with Fabrizio Benedetti, a leading neurophysiologist from the University of Turin in Italy who spends his working hours trying to determined exactly when, where, and how your beliefs and expectations can induce a physiological response in your body. This is what we call the placebo effect – but, as you’l...

33 MIN2017 MAY 18
Comments
EP08: Fabrizio Benedetti PhD And The Role Of Our Beliefs, Expectations, And The Placebo Effect

EP07: Peter Gollwitzer PhD And Easy Techniques To Make Healthy Changes Last

So, I have a confession to make.Lately, I have not been exercising consistently. And as you know, I’m a health journalist and I extensively research and write about the latest science proving there’s a connection between our mind, body and health, I’ve even written an entire chapter in my book about the importance of sitting less and moving more… so I should know better.I have heaps of good intentions… but I don’t get to it. I know I’m not alone in my battle to follow through on my good intentions. If you’ve read my blog, or my book, or listened to previous episodes of this podcast then you’ll know that while many of us have the best ofintentionsto do healthy things like loose weight, eat better, exercise more, or even do something like stop smoking, unfortunately, depending on the degree of difficulty in what it is we’re trying to achieve, somewherebetween 35 percent and 89percent of us will fail,oftenwithin the first week. On this podcast episode you’ll hear my conversa...

31 MIN2017 MAR 17
Comments
EP07: Peter Gollwitzer PhD And Easy Techniques To Make Healthy Changes Last

EP06 Stuart Biddle PhD and Why We Need To Sit Less and Move More

I record all the audio for The Whole Health Life podcast from a desk that allows me to work standing up as well as sitting down.I do this because when I was writing my book last year, I learned that even doing the recommended amount of exercise each day may not be enough to counter-act the harmful effects of sitting down too much – in fact I spoke with researchers who so worried about the effects of too much sitting, they’re actually calling sitting the new smoking. In this podcast you’ll hear my chat with Stuart Biddle – a Professor at Victoria University’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living. He dedicates his time to understanding the fundamentals of the mind-exercise connection – which means he’s studying everything from why it’s so hard to get motivated to move more, to why it’s so hard to stick to stick to exercising once we’ve started. He’s also recently been turning his mind to the science of sitting too much and he’s full of simple, great ideas that ca...

27 MIN2017 MAR 3
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EP06 Stuart Biddle PhD and Why We Need To Sit Less and Move More

EP05 Andrew Holmes PhD and the Microbiome

If you’re a regular listener to The Whole Health Life you’ll know that I dive with gusto into the scientific evidence showing links between our health and our emotions, stress levels, relationships, beliefs, diet, sleep, exercise and daily habits. But of all the topics in health science that I closely follow, there is one that stands out as having the greatest potential to revolutionise the way we approach wellness and the treatment of chronic disease – the microbiome. It’s thought that up to 100 trillion microbes call your gut home.Disruptions to the balance of your gut “wildlife” are associated with a range of chronic diseases. I also find it enthralling that our gut bacteria have even been shown to influence our behaviour. Recently, I spoke with Associate Professor Andrew Holmesfrom The Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney, a scientist at the forefront of studying the link between our health and our microbes. One of the stand out messages that came from my con...

41 MIN2017 FEB 17
Comments
EP05 Andrew Holmes PhD and the Microbiome

EP04 Till Roenneberg PhD and Sleeping Better

If you’re anything like me, you’re familiar with Monday-itis. A terrible affliction, with symptoms that usually present at the start of the week. You feel tired and flat and you have to drag yourself out of bed.While you might think that this is simply because you don’t want your weekend to be over, my guest on this podcast episode offers an alternative explanation. You might, in fact, be suffering from something called “Social Jetlag” And it has a lot to do with your sleeping behaviour. Till Roenneberg from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich is a leader in the field of chronobiology – the study of our biological rhythms. His research demonstrates that each of us has a different chronotype, or timing of our biological clock. You may be a “lark” who likes to go to bed early and get up early, you may be an “owl” who struggles to get out of bed in the morning, or you may be like the majority of people and perch somewhere in the middle.1 You’ll learn why being forced to o...

37 MIN2016 NOV 30
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EP04 Till Roenneberg PhD and Sleeping Better

EP03 Art Kramer and The Exercise-Brain Connection

I have a little confession to make. Even though I’m a health journalist, and I’ve interviewed countless experts about why exercising is good and important and something we should do every day… I loathe it. Well that is to say, I used to loathe it. What really changed for me was when I started looking at the research showing that not only is exercise good because it can make us stronger, faster, fitter and slimmer; it’s also essential for a healthy mind and brain. I this episode Ispeak with Arthur Kramer, who is formerly the Director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois, and recently moved to Boston, where he’s now Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education and a Professor of Psychology & Engineering at Northeastern University. You’re about learn what Professor Kramer found when he peered into the brain of one of the world’s greatest athletes. You’re also going to learn about how exercise encourages your body ...

26 MIN2016 NOV 15
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EP03 Art Kramer and The Exercise-Brain Connection

EP02 Sarah Pressman PhD and The Power of Positive Emotions

In this podcast episode you’ll learn that new research shows that skin heals faster from a flesh wound if you’re more positive and how smiling, even when you don’t feel happy can reduce your stress. This podcast is all about the new researchproving there’s a connection between your emotions and your health. This idea is probably one you’ve thought about before. There are certainly countless self-help gurus, talk shows and magazine articles that reinforce the idea that how positive you are can influence how healthy you are.But what does the evidencesay about all this? Can positive thinking really affect how well we are? I recently chatted to Sarah Pressman PhD who is a leading researcher at the University of California, Irvine who looks at the connection between our emotions and health. She recently published the results of a fascinating experiment where she gave willing volunteers a minor skin wound and she found that people with higher levels of positivity healed more quickly ...

28 MIN2016 NOV 1
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EP02 Sarah Pressman PhD and The Power of Positive Emotions

EP01 Brian Wansink PhD And How Our World Influences Our Health.

In the very first episode of The Whole Health LifePodcast, we explore how our health issubtly and unknowingly influenced by the world around us.I’ll be talking to Professor Brian Wansink, who’s research has completely changed the way my family and I approach food. Brian Wansinkis a Professor of Marketing and the Director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University. He and his team are dedicated to studying why we eat what we eat and how triggers around us, such as people, packages, dinnerware, product names, labels, lights, smells, and distractions, can unconsciously influence what we put into our mouths. The great thing about the tips and tricks that Professor Wansink shares in our conversation is that they are not only grounded in rigorous research, he’s put them to the test in his own busy life so he knows they work. They’re also simple and inexpensive, and can really make a difference.

39 MIN2016 OCT 26
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EP01 Brian Wansink PhD And How Our World Influences Our Health.
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